Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of March 5, 2007 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:25 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Manos, Middlemiss, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Longo, Schneider
Visitors: Roy Mayhugh, John Starr
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the January 8 meeting were approved as posted to the web site.
4. Treasurer's report
Treasurer Blazek distributed a printed summary showing January and February activity and condition as of February 28. We received $1125.00 in donations, and expenses were CBA and NTA membership fees and the phone bill totalling $510.00, leaving $24,752,62 in the bank.
5. Correspondence
Blazek reported receipt of a San Bernardino County tax assessor's notice, accompanied by a status form to be completed and filed by April 1. Also received was an announcement of the National Translator Association annual meeting and convention to be held in Denver on May 4 thru 6. Registration fees are to be discounted for reservations made by April 1. Also, Cole reported that all of the "B" Mt. digital companion channel construction permits that were sought have been granted.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
a. Nominating
Middlemiss reported that John M. Starr of Ridgecrest has agreed to accept nomination to fill the vacant Board seat and also to serve as Secretary.
b. Operations
Wetzel reported that an issue had arisen with the Land Range Communications office at China Lake concerning the Booster's use of the Laurel Mountain site. An on-site, face-to-face meeting with Bernie Orlett was arranged and apparently succeeded in answering the Navy's questions satisfactorily.
On February 19 the management of classical music FM radio station KMZT changed its call sign to KKGO and continued broadcasting on the same frequency with a country music format. (KMZT became an AM radio station receivable only in the Los Angeles basin.) Efforts are already under way to identify a suitable replacement for classical music, since a continuing demand exists and country/western music is already provided for locally. KUSC (Los Angeles) has been mentioned, but it broadcasts at a lower power and from locations not in direct line-of-sight from Laurel Mountain. Wetzel indicated that a lot of work would be necessary to acquire an acceptable signal. KCNV (Las Vegas) is more promising, with a strong HD signal that can probably be converted for translation use with relative ease. This might present an interim solution that could be implemented "within a few weeks."
C. Old business
1. Middlemiss moved to nominate John Starr for the vacant Board seat and, there being no other nominations, to elect him. (Manos seconded, 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 abstentions on a voice vote, Passed).
2. Middlemiss moved to nominate John Starr for the vacant position of Secretary and, there being no other nominations, to elect him to that office. (Wetzel 2nd, 5-0-0 voice, Passed).
3. Middlemiss moved to waive normal procedure and impanel Starr immediately (rather than wait until the next meeting). (Manos 2nd, 5-0-0 voice, Passed).
D. New business
1. Cole moved to purchase Roy Mayhugh's amplifier for $514.54 to use as a temporary transmitter for "B" Mt. (Longo 2nd, 5-0-3 e-mail, Passed, Ash, Middlemiss, Wetzel abstaining).
2. Middlemiss moved that Union Bank be informed that Cole, Manos, and Wetzel now have signature authority and that former secretary Greene is to be removed from the Booster signature list. (Starr 2nd, 6-0-0 voice, Passed).
3. Cole moved to reimburse Middlemiss $92.15 for rental of a jackhammer for work that was performed at Laurel Mountain. (Wetzel 2nd, 5-0-1 voice, Passed, Middlemiss abstaining).
4. Cole moved to authorize three reservations for the NTA meeting (item A5 above) for an estimated cost of $950 minus discount. (Middlemiss 2nd, 6-0-0 voice, Passed).
5. Middlemiss moved to arrange for a Booster exhibit at the Home Show, March 31 and April 1 at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. This will involve 17 hours of exhibit time and two booths, one inside and one outside, at $35 each. (Cole 2nd, Passed 6-0-0 voice).
E. Discussion items
1. KMZT mass mailing
It was suggested that it might be appropriate for the Secretary to draft a letter to Booster supporters explaining this situation.
2. Library situation
The Kern County Library board decided to begin charging non-profit organizations $50 for each reservation of the meeting room. Carole Vaughn has generously allowed the TV Booster the use of the meeting room at Vaughn Realty (509 W Ward Ave., Ste. B), until another regular public meeting place can be found.
3. Spring Craft Festival
Members were reminded of the Spring Craft Festival at the fairgrounds April 26 thru 29 (see December minutes item D1). The TV Booster booth will involve 30 hours of exhibit time, according to Middlemiss.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, April 2, 2007, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: President Cole adjourned the meeting at 7:05 pm.

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